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Future of Paktel

Published on December 11th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Paktel has been in the news recently. Its European parent company Millicom has decided to exit Pakistan and the fate of its assets and employees is unclear. This presents a test case for PTA – can it [&hellip... Read More

Broadband Internet

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Battle Goes on: PTCL vs PTA

Published on December 7th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

This is a followup to my previous posts about bandwidth rate cuts. In the latest development Lahore High Court has granted PTCL stay against the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s decision to reduce bandwidth prices after the Etisalat-run [&hellip... Read More

Digital Divide

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Digital Opportunity Index

Published on December 5th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Are the developing countries and organizations such as ITU, WSIS making real progress against digital divide? A new measure called Digital Opportunity Index may provide an objective way to  answer this question.   Following the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) summits (Geneva [&hellip... Read More


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Picture of the Month: Future of Mobile Phones

Published on December 4th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

I could not resist sharing this amusing futuristic work of imagination from WIRED magazine. If you use headsets with blue tooth technology, this one is surely for you. At the pace of technology and gadget development we may have embedded [&hellip... Read More


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Published on December 3rd, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

As this post is being written, ITU is hosting TELECOM WORLD 2006 Asia in Hong Kong. It is one of the leading events of the telecom world, “bringing the world’s leading ICT companies, decision-makers, organisations and [&hellip... Read More


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Mobile Handset Market In Pakistan

Published on November 28th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Consider some statistics about Pakistan’s mobile handset market. During 2005-06 the total value of handsets imported in the country crossed US$1 billion The mobile handset market is projected to grow by 25 percent annually About 800,000 handsets are [&hellip... Read More


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Telecom Growth In Pakistan’s Neighbors: Part 2 – China

Published on November 26th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Next door to Pakistan is the world’s largest telecommunication market: China. In part 2 of telecom growth in Pakistan’s neighbors I present an overview of the Chinese telecom industry. This post will cover the major service providers and top telecom [&hellip... Read More

Government Regulations

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ITU to setup Center of Excellence in Pakistan

Published on November 20th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has declared it will set up an Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence in Pakistan for imparting training to member countries in issues ranging from telecom policy to regulations. The ITU, headquartered [&hellip... Read More

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